'And now for something completely different' is not just the title of the classic 1971 Monty Python comedy sketch film but is also an apposite description of UpSlideDown, a running challenge with a thrilling conclusion in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
And Now For Something Completely Different
The Race Organiser is justifiably proud and excited to present this brand new vertical running event at the iconic ArcelorMittal Orbit at the Olympic Park, London. There are three dates available for you to run up and slide down this amazing structure – Wednesday 28 June; 12 July or 20 September.
How would you handle running the 455 steps to the top of the AccelorMittal Orbit? After firing yourself up the spiral staircase, circling the iconic red steel structure six times as you take in the spectacular view, you'll be rewarded with the thrill of making it back to the ground in less than 45 seconds through The Slide – the world's longest tunnel helter-skelter slide.
Strictly limited numbers of runners will start individually on the gun from 6:30pm to tackle the 350 metre long staircase chamber that leads to the viewing platform in the UK's largest sculpture at 114 metres tall. The clock stops at the top of the climb as you pause to take in the amazing 360 degree views of the Olympic Stadium, Canary Wharf, Westfield Stratford City, Docklands and the City of London.
Then it is your time to experience the hair-raising descent. Opened in 2016, The Slide was named No.1 Thing to Do in London in 2016 by Time Out, promising a thrilling ride through 178 metres of clear and dark sections, including the ‘bettfeder’ – that’s German for ‘bed feathers’ – in the final 50 metres straight into the landing zone.
Entry fees of £30, or £120 for teams of five, include an exclusive UpSlideDown head band, medal and goody bag for each challenger. You’ll be greeted in the UpSlideDown Hub at the Podium Bar and Kitchen, adjacent to the ArcelorMittal Orbit. On receiving your race number and dropping any bags or belongings you can’t run (or slide) with, you’ll be given a full briefing to ensure your safety and a brilliant challenge to remember.
Full details are available at the UpSlideDown website.